YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1969
REVENUE: $202.5 million
Consumer coatings (Interior and Exterior); Industrial (Automotive, Offshore, Medical, etc.)
David P. Willis, Jr., Chariman; Anne S. Willis, CEO; Brian Willis, Tom Sheehan, Anthony Weir (Board members).
Whitford was founded in 1969 to promote special “matrix” release coatings to the industrial market. Soon after, Whitford moved into the expanding nonstick markets of cookware, and bakeware. A few years after opening, Whitford went interna- tional with an office/factory in England. Today Whitford has ten factories in 8 key countries, with sales offices in many more. The majority of Whitford’s business is outside the USA. In 1999, Whitford purchased HP Polymers of Guelph, Canada, producers of special resins. In 2004, Whitford acquired Polymeric Systems, Inc., inventors of the epoxy putty stick, then Alpha Coatings, leader in automotive weather-seal coatings. In 2009, Whitford bought AkzoNobel Nonstick Coatings. Whitford is known for the many new coatings it develops and markets (five in the past two years alone).